March 24, 2015

Alberta: Premier Prentice blasted for $100,000 commercial... announcing tax hikes

Josh SkurnikRebel Correspondent

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice got an earful from the opposition for his new $100,000 television spot.

They want him to repay the money, since they say that the speech is more or less a commercial for a new budget that includes plenty of tax hikes.

Alberta faces a $7-billion revenue shortfall this year due in part to low oil prices.

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commented 2015-03-25 14:02:58 -0400
@ Pamela
Like I mentioned to Peter, “There is no better way to give up democracy than to give up on democracy.”
commented 2015-03-25 10:37:14 -0400
Peter you can always vote for your pet! In fact, I have spolied several ballots that way but still exercised my right to vote. They should add a none of the above category and disallow lawyers from running!
commented 2015-03-25 00:56:16 -0400
Well Peter, Klein still invokes strong feeling from people one way or the other. Very few are on the fence about him. But like him or hate him he did bring Alberta back into the black and we need another like him … to bring in the austerity necessary to get this province back in the black. Start with the government, then the bureaucracy, then the bloated public sector.

Now when you say you are in the minority, you will remain that way if you and others like you start declining your ballot, you ensure the majority you hate stay that way.

> There is no better way to give up democracy than to give up on democracy. <

At this point I would almost rather see the Liberals in office than these red Tories again, and believe me when I tell you that I despise … no loathe … the Liberals.
commented 2015-03-24 23:32:42 -0400
I am no fan of Alberta’s PCs. I include Klein in that group of feckless cowards mentioned earlier in these posts. Thanks to the floor-crossers, there is no viable Opposition in Alberta. PCs will certainly get a Majority in the upcoming Election. And how many more after that? We are the Minority and will suffer the tyranny of the Majority as our counterparts in Ontario. With no one to vote for I am going to start declining my ballot.
commented 2015-03-24 14:36:38 -0400
We in Alberta do not need any tax hikes. What we need is a government that will slash the bureaucracy and live within its means. The rest of us have to. What do families do when money doesn’t come in? They cut the extra spending. Projects get put on hold. Things don’t get purchased. Sometimes these families just plain “do without”. Why can’t a government operate like that? AND, then when times are good, sock ALL that extra money aside (after spending on the things you postponed) because lean times WILL come again.

But, this is being responsible. Unfortunately, not one government is…
commented 2015-03-24 13:13:34 -0400
I’m an Albertan born and raised. Best place in the world to live. It could be even better if the general populace would think rationally vice emotionally when it comes time to vote. Slick salesman have stolen from this province my entire life because people in general are too lazy to think. Sad state of affairs. Can the situation improve? Not likely until things get much more difficult in this province. Motivation required on the part of Albertans…do they really need to sink into utter poverty before they can gain a little motivation to make this province better?
Stop electing white collar thieves and elect someone who is interested in making our home better for the next generation. Fools.
commented 2015-03-24 11:25:44 -0400
@infidel – Norway also requires all landed immigrants and guest workers to integrate into Norwegian Culture and can impose culture training or expulsion.
commented 2015-03-24 09:57:39 -0400
Albertans please think about this
Population Norways. 5 million – Oil saving fund almost ONE TRILLION DOLLAR
Poulation Alberta 4 million – Heritage fund 17 Billion (CDN)
Difference. 983’000,000,000 Billion Dollars

You decide if it’s really worth all those billions to put put up with the likes of Trudeau, Mulcair
commented 2015-03-24 09:21:34 -0400
I am furious at the PC government for overspending as they have. Their wages are the highest in Canada. Major cuts can be made to a bloated government and a bloated public sector. Cut the waste spending before increasing or creating new taxes. Grrrrrrrrrr!
commented 2015-03-24 09:18:34 -0400
@ Infadel – "It’s apparent Alberta has not had a Premier with a backbone since Ralph Klein. "

You have that one right! Many people hated Klein because of his austerity, but those same Albertans were proud to boast that Alberta was debt free once he got the finances under control.

We need another one like Ralph and more importantly we need to kick these PCs to the curb. They have an entitlement attitude that makes the Chretien Liberals look modest.

Time for a regime change!
commented 2015-03-24 09:14:55 -0400
Slick Willy Prentice. Another Conservative in name only! Ralph Klein was a bloody Liberal and he was more fiscally conservative than the PC’s.
commented 2015-03-24 09:08:18 -0400
It’s apparent Alberta has not had a Premier with a backbone since Ralph Klein. Why should Albertans have to pay more taxes when they are the only in Province in Canada that send more money to Ottawa than they receive. Alberta sends $18,000,000, 000 more to Ottawa than its receives to suport the so called have nots and all Alberta gets is the likes of Wynne of Ontairo blocking pipelines. They take your money from what they keep calling dirty and your gutless PC government says nothing.

The gutless Premiers who came after Ralph Klein have been feckless cowards who won’t stand up for Albertans. They won’t confront the panhandlers like Trudeau and Mulcair and if these 2 ever take control they will simply rape the treasury of Alberta and Albertas will be treated like slaves on a plantation, who’s only worth is toil in the oil fields to make money for the master.
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